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Valentine's Day date ideas that won't break the bank

Date ideas for those who want to go easy on the wallet this Valentine's Day

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Valentine’s day has long-been associated with expensive candle-lit dinners, chocolates and flowers. But if you are looking to celebrate this special day with your partner in a more budget friendly way, our list has got you covered. From cosy picnics in public parks and day trips to beautiful islands to arcade games and hiking trails, scroll down our list to see best valentine date ideas that won’t break the bank. 

RECOMMENDED: Looking for cheap things to do even after Valentine’s has passed? Check out our list of free things to do in Hong Kong.

Dates that your wallet will love as well as your partner

Take in the view from the Victoria Peak

Things to do The Peak

The highest point on Hong Kong island, the Peak offers a truly stunning view of Hong Kong’s glistening skyline and Victoria Harbour.This is the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day for those who love a romantic stroll with a remarkable view of Hong Kong’s neon lit skyscrapers. You can also head down to the harbour for some quiet time, pop open a bottle of wine under the night sky and simply enjoy the company of your loved one.

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Go gallery hopping on Hollywood Road

Art Sheung Wan

If you are a couple that enjoys art exhibitions then exploring the multiple galleries that line Hollywood road is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day. From the cultural, artistic landmark of Tai Kwun to the relatively smaller galleries, Hollywood Road is an amazing place to get your fix of art and history with your partner. From murals lining the street walls and traditional chinese art at Joyce Gallery to more contemporary paintings at Karin Weber and photography exhibitions in La Galerie Paris 1839, there are beautiful displays to suit all tastes.

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Spend your day at Hong Kong Park

Attractions Admiralty

Who says an intimate Valentine’s date has to be at a high-end restaurant? Sometimes a good-old picnic is the perfect way to spend an evening with your date. Just scour your local Parknshop for some picnic food or whip up some snacks from the leftover ingredients from your refrigerator and head to Hong Kong Park. Green, urban and serene, it has an aviary, a lush playground, fountains and even a lily pond. So pop open a bottle of wine, enjoy the snacks and  scenic beauty to enjoy a perfect romantic evening!

Go Hiking on Dragon’s Back

Things to do Shek O

If you enjoy breaking a sweat with your partner then hiking up dragon’s back might just be the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day. Hailed as Hong Kong’s most  picturesque hiking route, its meandering pathway boasts a spectacular view of southern Hong Kong Island and its shoreline. The trail ends at the Big Wave Bay, a beach where you can relax with your date after that bout of exercise. Take a dip into the cold water or surf the waves! A perfectly wallet-friendly excursion for athletic couples to celebrate this romantic tradition.

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Enjoy a romantic dinner at Tim Ho Wan restaurant

Restaurants Sham Shui Po

Also known as the ‘world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant’, this is the perfect place to wine and dine with your partner without forking out a lot of cash. This humble and unpretentious restaurant is well-loved for serving up the most authentic dim sum flavors in a casual setting. Dim Sum baskets adorn the walls and you can take a peek into the open kitchen as the chefs make your food. Best known for its pork buns and steamed egg cakes, simplicity in this cheap and delicious diner is key.

Take a day trip to Lamma Island 

Attractions Lamma Island

If you would rather spend the day far away from the hustle and bustle of this crowded city, take a day trip to Lamma Island. A short trip away from Central, its gleaning white beaches and delicious seafood restaurants are perfect for a relaxed romantic getaway. Couples can traverse the narrow alleyways of Yung Shue Wan, which is lined with little souvenir shops, fresh markets and cafes. If you wish for a quieter romantic retreat then head to Sok Kwu Wan, the fishing village a short ferry ride away from Yung Shue Wan. With its wonderful seafood restaurants and the breathtaking views from the harbor, it's the perfect place to catch the sunset on Valentine’s Day.

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Play video games at Game Center

Things to do Central

Gaming love birds can play their time away at this gaming arcade in Central for Valentine’s Day.  Grimy, neon-lit and smoke filled, the gaming area is filled with cult favorites like Super Street Fighter ll, Bishi Bashi, Battle Gear lV. A great way to have fun for couples who love playing games in 90s nostalgia-inducing arcades, it is also very easy on the wallet. You only need to slot a few pennies into the machines to enjoy a playful evening with your partner.

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